1974 to Present Day


Comprised of over sixty-five agencies from throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada CALRO's training is recognized as “the” authority for law enforcement agencies seeking the most up-to-date information on labor law, access and first amendment rights.

1940s: Unions and labor Organizing Creates New Atmosphere

The Southern California area has always been a focal point of union activity dating back to the 1940’s when construction and manufacturing were booming after the war.

The combination of service men and women looking for employment, and the need for everything from housing and automobiles to consumer goods, created an atmosphere for the rise in union organizing and demands for increased benefits and pay.

1960s-70s: Police agencies ill-prepared for union disputes

Well into the 60’s and 70’s, strikes and union disputes continued to rise, and small local police agencies were ill prepared to deal with these issues.

The common practice was to use regular uniformed officers to keep the peace and quell any disputes — they were quickly overwhelmed. Only the major police agencies had the luxury to deploy officers specially trained in labor laws and could assign officers for extended periods, sometimes lasting several months or in rare cases, several years.

1974: A small group of officers strategize around a solution for needed training

In 1974, at the urging of most union leaders and major business organizations throughout the Los Angeles area, a small group of officers from police agencies regularly impacted by labor strikes met to discuss forming an association that would offer needed training to law enforcement in the field of labor law.

It also provided the opportunity to encourage networking and communication. Thus, the California Association of Labor Relations Officers (CALRO) was created with the help of members from the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department, San Bernardino Police Department, and the Vernon Police Department.

Present day: CALRO stronger than ever

CALRO, as it is commonly called, now comprises over sixty-five agencies from California, Arizona, and Nevada who regularly meet for a three-day training seminar in Southern California each year.

The list of speakers and the training provided is recognized as the authority for law enforcement agencies seeking the most up-to-date information on labor law, access, and first amendment rights.

Extremely important, is the opportunity to meet and network with officers who have experienced intensely difficult situations yet helped to resolve issues before they escalated into the need for law enforcement intervention.

CALRO hosts a golf tournament each year in November to raise the funds necessary to continue the training seminar and provide the most current training material available to its members. After over forty years, CALRO continues to thrive and build lasting relationships with both Labor and Management organizations.